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Cancer Rose Day 2006
1994, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first attempt at cancer patient
support made by, we decided to reach out with a meaningful gesture to each and
every cancer patient. We also wanted to use the occasion to motivate
participation on a large scale and involve the general public in our cause of
raising cancer awareness. This gesture took the form of a greeting to all
patients in every hospital, clinic,
hospice and treatment centre with a rose to convey a message of love and
empathy. The idea caught on, and Rose Day became an annual event. Today the
entire country joins in enthusiastically in the exercise to distribute
this floral tribute. Rose coupons are sold at various outlets and the response
is always overwhelming. From cine celebrities to mill workers to school
students, people from all walks of life visit patients in 33 hospitals,
distributing gifts & roses.
|Actor Sanjay Dutt & Director Raju Hirani with the children at Tata Memorial Hospital's Pediatric Ward|
|Actress Mallika Sherawat distributes chocolates to the children at the Pediatric Ward|
Model Yukta Mookhey distributes
roses, gifts & sweets to children at
the Ernest Borges Home
|Cricketer Sandeep Patil distributes gifts to the children at the Pediatric Ward|
On 20th September CPAA celebrated Rose Day at the Pediatric wards of the AIIMS Hospital, with the patients alongwith the veteran actress & a longtime patron Ms Sushma Seth, Dr D K Sharma- Medical Superintendent and Dr Veena Kalra – HOD Pediatric Department. Sushmaji spent some time chatting with the 80 patients there, after gifting them with roses and a goodie bag. The goodie bag was filled with surprises like a video game, sketch pen set, coloring books, chocolates, biscuits, fruits & juices.
On 21st September, Spice World, Noida, invited 80 cancer patients for a special screening of the hit movie, ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’. They served sumptuous snacks, popcorn, fruit juices and cold drinks to all the patients during the movie. Patients had a gala time watching a hilarious movie with a moral teaching. This was followed by a short press meet.
On Rose Day, 22nd September, CPAA celebrated Rose Day at Cancer OPD and RT Department of LNJP Hospital. Dr Manoj Sharma – Onco Surgeon and Dr Bahadur – HOD Onco Department joined the CPAA volunteers to distribute roses and a gift bag to bring smile to the patients. Along with roses they gave away - fruits, juices, biscuits, boost, food grains, clothes, face napkins etc.This was followed by similar program at Shanti Avedna Ashram for terminally ill cancer patients.
These celebrations brought in a lot of cheer and bonhomie amongst the patients. In short CPAA’s purpose of bringing cheer to the suffering of patients was fulfilled.
CPAA Delhi is grateful to The Park Hotel, Spice World, Mr RN Lakhotia, Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar, Tagore International School, East of Kailash, The Heritage School, Dabur Real Juices, Glaxo Smithkline, Harvest Gold and Ruchi Kakkar for their support in making this event a big success.